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Meet Our Orthodontists

Our team at Guildford Orthodontics consists of specialist orthodontists, dentists with special interest in orthodontics, orthodontists, orthodontic therapists and orthodontic nurses, all ably assisted by our administration and reception staff and friendly receptionists.

  • Amal Maizar

    Principal Specialist Orthodontist
    DDS (Damas) 1992, MFDS RCSI, MSc(Lond), MOrthRCSEng 2008
    GDC No: 100610

    After qualifying from Damascus University in 1992, Amal continued her education and gained a Diploma in Maxillofacial Surgery with distinction. She was part of a highly experienced team performing complex cosmetic procedures such as corrective jaw surgery, oncology and cleft lip and palate and was also involved in teaching and supervising undergraduates in the Radiology and Oral Surgery departments. She then undertook a Fellowship in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeon in Ireland and was awarded a Diploma in Clinical Dental Science with distinction from the University of London.

    She undertook postgraduate training in Orthodontics at the Eastman Dental Hospital gaining a Masters degree in Science from the University of London and Membership in Orthodontics of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Glasgow in 2008. Amal has an extensive experience in using a wide variety of systems including the Damon System, Invisalign, and the latest technology in hidden braces (Incognito and WIN). Her clinical interests include growth modification in children and complex treatments for adults needing inter-disciplinary orthodontic and facial aesthetic treatments. She is a member of the British Orthodontic society and the British Lingual Orthodontic society.

  • Ian Grobler

    Specialist Orthdontist
    BChD (Stell) 1990 MSc(ULond) MOrth RCS(Edin) 1998
    GDC No: 65532

    Ian received his Masters degree from the University of London and the Membership in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1998. He is registered as a specialist orthodontist with the General Dental Council. Ian graduated in dentistry from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa in 1990 and practiced general dentistry in Farnham, Surrey for five years.

    He then committed to three year’s full time postgraduate orthodontic training at Guy’s Hospital, Mayday University Hospital and East Surrey Hospital.

    “There are few things which give me as much pleasure as working with a patient to shape their smile and seeing how much confidence the end result delivers”

    Ian maintains a close working relationship with other specialists and has treated a large number of cases in combined multi-disciplinary approach. Having treated well over 4,000 orthodontic cases, he is experienced in his field and regularly attends conferences, workshops and lectures to continually expand his knowledge. Previously Ian taught an orthodontic programme to dental nurses as part of their Certificate in Orthodontic Nursing at Southern Dental Trainers.Since 2010 Ian has been successfully mentoring his Orthodontic Therapists through the practices, a number of them securing student of their year.

    Further to his clinical duties Ian has delivered lectures at the annual conference for the British Orthodontic Society. Topics being; ‘in practice’ Clinical Tips, Utilisation of the Orthodontic Therapist in Clinic and guidance to Training Administration and Reception Teams in Clinical Procedures. The latter greatly assisting in the patient journey.

    On a personal note and in his spare time, Ian can be found on ski-slopes, playing golf and sharing time with his family.

  • Rachel Hodgson

    Specialist Orthodontist
    BDS (Guys) 1989 MSc MOrth(Edin) 1998 FDS RCS
    GDC No: 65005

    Rachel began postgraduate specialist orthodontic training at Guy’s Hospital in 1995 and has worked in this exciting field for over 24 years. She joined Epsom Orthodontics in 2000 and currently works four days weekly, including some Saturday mornings. Rachel was awarded a Master of Science degree from the University of London and the Membership in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1998, after completing her three year postgraduate orthodontic training. She is registered as a specialist orthodontist with the General Dental Council.

    Rachel had previously qualified in dentistry at Guy’s Hospital, London, with honours in 1989. She subsequently became house officer in Oral Immunology before completing her Vocational Training. Further experience in children’s dentistry was gained as senior house officer at the Eastman Dental Hospital before oral and maxillofacial surgery posts. Rachel has also worked in general dental practice and was awarded the Fellowship in Dental Surgery (in children’s dentistry and orthodontics) from the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1994.

    After specialisation Rachel worked in specialist orthodontic practice, hospital and community services. She spent four years teaching orthodontics part time at King’s College Hospital, obtaining a Certificate in Teaching. More recent teaching experience has been closer to home as a Trainer for our Orthodontic Therapists.

    Rachel is an examiner in Medical Emergencies for the General Dental Council, previously for the International Qualification Examination and more recently for the Overseas Registration Examination (ORE). Rachel is also a member of the British Orthodontic Society.

    Rachel loves the challenges of orthodontics and the excellent results which can be achieved in a specialty which is constantly progressing. She has attended the “In Office” course on advanced techniques with the Damon appliance in the USA with Dr Alan Bagden, one of the most respected clinicians using this technique.

    Rachel has broad experience in this constantly advancing field, including treatment of multidisciplinary cases. She regularly attends lectures, conferences, and workshops both in the UK and overseas to be able to bring the best of current orthodontic techniques to our patients.

    Away from work Rachel’s time is spent with her husband and two young boys. Out of choice she loves to ski or go to the gym, but is more frequently found building lego, swimming or cycling with the boys.

    For me the best part of orthodontics is taking a timid child and turning them into a confident adult with a great smile.

  • Ciara Ennis

    Specialist Orthodontist
    BDS (Hons), MFDS, DClinDent, MOrth
    GDC No: 245642

    Ciara graduated with an honours dental degree from University College Cork in 2013. Following qualification, she then moved to the UK to spend time in practice, winning the restorative case presentation award for newly qualified dentists in London 2014.

    Subsequently she undertook a key role in oral and maxillofacial surgery in Northampton General Hospital whilst also achieving the membership of the faculty of dental surgery exams from the Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow 2014.Ciara returned to University College Cork to pursue her dream of becoming an orthodontist, 3 years of full time specialist training followed, culminating in recently obtaining her Doctorate in Orthodontics.

    She is committed to providing the best quality patient care, reflected in her nomination for Sensodyne Sensitive Dentist of the Year 2017. The most rewarding aspect of orthodontics is the transformation to patients’ smiles and the impact that this has on their confidence. Ciara provides a wide range of brace treatments, which can be tailored to your individual needs.

    In her spare time, Ciara is an avid show jumper, having competed as part of the Irish team for numerous years.

  • Lydia Harris

    Specialist Orthodontist
    BDS(Hons) MJDF RCS EngMOrth RCS Eng
    GDC No: 228125

    Lydia qualified from the University of Bristol in 2012 and worked in the Bristol & Bath area for 3 years initially providing general dentistry services and later furthering her training with the Oral & Maxillofacial surgery and Oral Medicine Team. This involved assisting with complex surgeries such as cancer resection and jaw surgery along with providing minor oral surgery and on-call cover. During this time she gained her Membership of the ROYAL College of Surgeons of England.

    In 2015 Lydia pursued her interest in orthodontics and began her Postgraduate training at the Eastman Dental Hospital in London. She received a distinction in her Orthodontic Masters of Clinical Dentistry degree, gained her Membership in Orthodontics at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and is a registered specialist orthodontist.

    In her spare time Lydia is a keen runner and regularly trains at the Olympic training track.

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